What is an endpoint?
An endpoint is any device that is physically an end point on a network. Laptops, desktops, mobile phones, tablets, servers, and virtual environments can all be considered endpoints. When one considers a traditional home antivirus, the desktop, laptop, or smartphone that antivirus is installed on is the endpoint.
What is endpoint security?
Endpoint security refers to cybersecurity services for network endpoints. These services may include antivirus, email filtering, web filtering, and firewall services. Endpoint security plays a crucial role for businesses, ensuring critical systems, intellectual property, customer data, employees, and guests are protected from ransomware, phishing, malware, and other cyberattacks.
Without such protections in place, businesses could lose access to their valuable data, risking the very survival of their business. Repeat infections can also lead to costly downtime and the allocation of resources to remediating issues over critical business goals.
How does endpoint security work?
Endpoint security works by allowing system administrators (in business applications) to control security for corporate endpoints using policy settings, depending on the types of protection or web access employees and systems require. For example, admins would be wise to block access to websites known to distribute malware and other malicious content.
Endpoint security is crucial for businesses of all sizes. Cybercriminals are constantly devising new ways to take advantage of employees, infiltrate networks, and steal private information. And while smaller businesses may think they’re too small to be targeted, it’s actually the opposite. Cybercriminals are banking on your feeling that way, and will specifically target smaller businesses in the hopes that they haven’t implemented adequate security.
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